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    June 5, 2020: Letter to Parents
    Posted on 06/06/2020
    Pulling us all up

    John Hay Families,

    On Monday our school’s Racial Equity Team sent the letter below to our staff to share with students throughout the week. We have been curating a variety of additional teaching resources to use throughout the next school year. Parents, email Ms. Clement if you would like to join us in this work on our Racial Equity Team and thank you for considering.



    “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” --Martin Luther King Jr. 


    We as a school community are committed to speak out and address current news and the impact it has on our community.  We are committed to educating all of our students on the unacceptable truths that students of color face in our society. In doing so we focus on building a school community where all are equal partners in supporting each other.


    “No one is free until we are all free” --Martin Luther King Jr. 


    You may have heard that there were riots in downtown Seattle and in other parts of the United States this past weekend. The intent of people taking place in these riots was not to hurt people or businesses, it was instead to rebel. You can think about these riots as a rebellion. That word describes when oppressed people resist powerful people and their violence. Only a small number of people felt safe participating in this downtown rebellion, but we know that many people in our community feel strongly about the black lives that have been cut short by police violence. 


    In times of unrest and feeling powerless a strategy to move forward is to take action.  Let’s think about actions we can try to support Black Lives in America.  What are some things you can do to take action? 

    One way is to make sure you are educating yourself about the history and present-day treatment of black lives in America and another way is to read more about protests that have happened throughout history to rebel against those in power.  Children’s Books and Ideas for talking to children about protests.